[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2017

New EU rules for lower power plant emissions take effect

The Uniper coal power plant in full operation with smoking chimneys at the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, November 2016.

The decision, approved by the member states in April, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, which means it has officially taken effect.

The new standards include tighter rules for emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), mercury and tiny pieces of harmful dust known as ‘particulate matter’. These toxic substances are linked to a number of health and environmental issues, including the development of asthma in children and the pollution of Europe’s air and water.

Dawn of new EU emissions rules could sound death knell for coal power

New EU rules formally agreed on Monday (31 July) mean power plants will have to cut pollutants, with the cost of compliance estimated to be over €15bn. Environmental groups predict that the logical next step is widespread closures of the most polluting coal-powered plants.

The fuels covered by the decision include solid fuels such as coal or lignite, biomass, liquid fuels, gas, industry-specific fuels and waste, except mixed municipal waste.

Christian Schaible, a manager at the European Environmental Bureau, a network of environmental groups, welcomed the decision as a step in the right direction but stressed that the new standards were just the minimum requirements and it was up to national authorities to act further.


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